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N.V. Krug Grande Cuvee Brut 169eme Edition

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ITEM 8219366 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
macza 1 $210 $210
stemi3 5 of 6 $200 $1,000
6 $200
Item Sold Amount Date
I8219366 1 $210 May 15, 2022
I8219366 5 $200 May 15, 2022
I8063187 1 $200 Jan 9, 2022
I8056172 5 $200 Jan 2, 2022
I8007569 1 $200 Nov 21, 2021
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RATINGS

97James Suckling

...a layered Champagne with very fine tannins and super beautiful texture and length. Full-bodied with intensity and length. Powerful... Really long... Vivid.

97Jeb Dunnuck

...vibrant bouquet of stone fruits, toasted bread, chalky minerality, and subtle nutty nuances...concentrated on the palate, this full-bodied beauty has a fine, silky mousse, wonderful balance, and a great, focused, chiseled finish...gorgeous...

96+ The Wine Advocate

...showing very nicely...notes of citrus oil, buttered toast, dried apricot, warm biscuits and marmalade. Medium to full-bodied, deep and incisive...long and sapid finish...

96Wine Spectator

A vivid Champagne, with a chiseled frame of acidity and a chalky underpinning cloaked in a fine mousse that caresses the palate with its gossamer-like texture. Lovely aromas of coffee liqueur, anise and verbena accent the layered flavors of tangerine, Macadamia nut, brioche and ripe plum, a profile that expands on the long, mouthwatering finish.

95Wine Enthusiast

...dense texture as well as the ripe white fruits that show signs of toastiness as they mature...full-bodied Champagne...

95John Gilman

...beautifully expressive on the nose, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of pear, apple, a touch of passion fruit, chalky soil tones, brioche, incipient notes of caraway seed, just a whisper of buttery oak and lovely floral tones in the upper register...deep, full-bodied, complex and racy, with a great core, zesty acids, elegant mousse and a very long, very pure and perfectly balanced finish... Fine, fine juice.

94Vinous / IWC

...brisk and finely cut, with terrific energy driving the citrus, floral and light tropical notes.

18.5+ Jancis Robinson

...savour on the nose...with blossomy notes with a little mandarin. Very marked acidity on the palate... Sleek and fresh and truly spring-like with a light yeasty note on the very long finish...

PRODUCER

Krug

Located in Reims, the heart of France’s Champagne region, Krug was founded in 1843 by Johann-Joseph Krug, a German immigrant. Still operated by the Krug family, the house specializes in prestige cuvees in what is generally considered to be a traditional, elegant style. Krug Grand Cuvee, which accounts for about 75% of the house’s production, is generally made up of at least eight vintages and it is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Krug Vintage Champagnes are admired for their ability to age and become more complex, and they are generally at least 10 years old before they are released. A Krug Vintage is typically 30-50% Pinot Noir, 18-28% Pinot Meunier and 30-40% Chardonnay. The house also makes a widely-admired Rose and Clos du Mesnil, which is 100% Chardonnay. The estate includes 49.4 acres of vineyard planted to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The vines on average are 15 years old. A total of about 100,000 bottles are produced each year.

REGION

France, Champagne

Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.